Bad news: Malawi’s: three beheaded and dumped at Bunda forest, CHRR presses police for thorough investigations on assailants

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-On Good Friday, unknown assailants beheaded three unidentified people belonging to one , and dumped their bodies at Bunda forest in the capital Lilongwe.

The bodies were found in the forests are so far unidentifiable; but they are of a man, a girl (probably five-years old ), and a pregnant woman.

The three bodies are currently being kept at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe mortuary pending identification.

This is one of the most gruesome murders the country has experienced in recent time that three people, presumably members of one family, could mate such a fate.

The development comes barely a week after a mob killed of a 70-year old woman on suspicion of killing, through magic her 16-year old grandson at Njema village in Mulanje district.

In both incidences, the police have not made any arrests of the persons involved in either of the murders. This has raised many questions among the general public on the urgency that law enforcers  place on such matters.

This has also caused the human rights body, Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), to press the police to intensify its investigations into the two homicide incidences.

CHRR Advocacy Coordinator Fletcher Simwaka, expressed concern over recent reports of unsolved homicide cases and said any loss of life was a serious violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 16 of the Constitution of Malawi, and other international human rights instruments that Malawi is part of.

Simwaka said his organization observes that almost on a weekly basis, reports are rife of murder; and that this indicates the breakdown of security in the country.

He therefore,faulted the internal security authorities for not providing the police with adequate resources and expertise, saying this leads to delays in investigating serious crimes.

“Just recently, we heard of the fracas around Kaphiri area in Lilongwe, and a number of people were murdered in cold which, indicated that something is seriously wrong, in as far as security is concerned.

“Mainly, we have seen that the morale among the police, is really down. Maybe due to inadequate resources, and maybe even the spirit of professionalism they previously had, is no longer there. We are also calling for more community policing strategies, so that communities can alert the police. This can help strengthen the relationship between the two,” Simwaka said

Lilongwe Police station spokesperson Kingsley Dandaula, described Bunda as an unfortunate incident. He also pondered as to what motivated the unknown assailants to behead the family members.

Dandaula however assured the general public of the law enforcers ability to investigate the matter until the culprits are brought to book.


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